Beecroft’s recommendation to dismiss ‘at will’ would never have worked since it was only intended to cover claims for unfair dismissal and not discrimination.

The government will not implement a raft of controversial policies designed to relax employment laws contained in a report made for the coalition, according to Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary.

The Liberal Democrats had strongly opposed the Beecroft recommendations which included allowing firms to dismiss anyone without giving a reason provided they paid compensation